The Case of Elliot (part two)


ei, emotional intelligence, rejected, gay, teen, youth, emotional intelligence theory, think twice, ei guide, therapy, mental health, psychology, social work, counseling, problem solving, rationality, REBT, CBT, michael cornwall, go suck a lemon, This nine-part series will illustrate the emotional intelligence (EI) theory intervention paradigm. The content of these dialogues may be of interest to the casual reader as well as the therapist seeking to increase h/er understanding and application of EI theory. An update of the problem solving adventure between Elliot and his EI guide will be posted each day, for nine days.

Elliot: You’re making fun of me.

EI Guide: Of course not. But what would it mean if I were?

Elliot: It would mean you don’t take me seriously.

EI Guide: Of course I do. But what would it mean it I didn’t.

Elliot: This is getting like exercise.

EI Guide: It is like exercise. It’s exercising your mind. Play along. What would it mean if I were not taking you seriously, aside from the waste of my time and your money?

Elliot: I guess it would mean that you think I’m a clown.

EI Guide: What if I did think that? What would that mean?

Elliot: I suppose it would mean that I am a joke.

EI Guide: You give me a great deal of power.

Elliot: How so?

EI Guide: If I decide to not take you seriously, that would make you into a clown?

Elliot: I never thought of it that way. I’m not sure I want to agree with you now that you put it that way.

EI Guide: You don’t look like a clown, but I can take your word for it.

Elliot: I’m not a clown.

EI Guide: OK, you are not a clown, but you are a piece of shit?

Elliot: I guess.

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